Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the Northern Territory. The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the Northern Territory. The NT Mental Health Coalition is a full member of the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and a founding member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). NTMHC engages and consults regularly with the NGO community mental health sector, its’ members and stakeholders through workshops, surveys, forums, one on one discussions, social media, events such as Mental Health Week promotion, phone and email contact.

Latest News

Release of the Final Report of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017 has now been completed. A forum for all interested stakeholders was held on 22 January in Darwin. This was an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations of the review. A further forum was held in Alice Springs on 15 March. To view the final report click here
NT Mental Health Coalition article on Croakey (independent, in-depth social journalism for health) 19 January 2018 about the mental health and suicide prevention service review undertaken for the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN). Click here

Communities lead on suicide prevention:

new report “offers hope and inspiration”.

Inspiring stories of how two Indigenous communities dramatically reduced high levels of suicide among their people through community led and owned solutions were shared at the second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth recently.

The responses of the two remote communities – the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin, and the Queensland rural community of Yarrabah, west of Cairns are also detailed in a new report, Stories from community: how suicide rates fell in two Indigenous communities, which was launched at the conference by the Healing Foundation. https://healingfoundation.org.au/stories-from-community/

Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APONT)

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory (APONT) held a FASD forum in May 2018 for more information on the forum, click here


Minister Ken Wyatt and Greg Hunt announced the National FASD Strategic Action Plan for 2018 -2028 with more than $7 million allocated to the plan, reported in the NACCHO Aboriginal Health News.


Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Mental Health Australia is managing an exciting project which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of NDIS rollout. Over the coming months, Mental Health Australia will be working with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. To learn more click here.

Download the Optimising Psychosocial Supports Project Report

NT National Disability Insurance Scheme Restrictive Practices Authorisation Framework Consultations

The Northern Territory (NT) Office of Disability has developed a discussion paper on the proposed NT National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Restrictive Practices Authorisation Framework.

The proposed NT NDIS Authorisation Framework will provide a process for registered NDIS service providers to request authorisation for the use of a restrictive practice(s) while maintaining safeguards for NDIS participants in the Territory. The proposed NT Authorisation Framework will only apply to NDIS participants that have a behaviour support plan (BSP) that includes a restrictive practice(s) developed by a registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner and receiving NDIS supports.

The introduction of the NT NDIS Authorisation Framework will be a new function for the NT Government and your feedback on the proposed structure, key features and process is important and most welcome.

Forums will be held in Darwin and Alice Springs and will give you an opportunity to further discuss the proposed NT NDIS Authorisation Framework.

The venues are wheelchair accessible. Please advise of any other accessibility requirements on the registration form.

To register for the forum please use the links below:

Thu. 22 November 2018
8:30 am – 11:00 am ACST

Alice Springs:
Mon. 19 November 2018
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Cartoon to assist NT communities to call out dodgy care under NDIS

It’s hoped a multilingual cartoon will encourage people with disability to speak up about dodgy care under the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Northern Territory.

The new NT government campaign included a range of resources – a video cartoon, bookmarks and posters – that will be spread across the NT and translated into five different Aboriginal languages.

Read more

Darwin Community Legal Service Renting Safe Campaign

Darwin Community Legal Service’s Tenants’ Advice Service (TAS) is collecting signatures in support if their Northern Territory Residential Tenancies Act reform campaign.

The campaign seeks to make renting fair, safe and certain for residential tenants through:

  • Establishing a Bond Board (as in all other Australian jurisdictions) that will facilitate Bond (security deposit) returns/retention
  • Greater protections for survivors of Domestic and Family Violence e.g. to vacate a tenancy to escape violence
  • Ensuring tenants are not forced out of a tenancy without a reason

Click here for the Change.org petition

Click here to download the flyer

The Economic Benefits for Australia of Investment in Mental Health Reform

At Mental Health Australia the vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. A new report, released 1 May, Investing to Save, presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation. Read the report here

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) are launching two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, to mark National Close the Gap Day 2018. The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. Click here
The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. Click here
The value of the Policy Concordance is that it will now be possible to ascertain what documents as diverse as the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Framework, the Cultural Respect Framework, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration, among many others, require of Australian Governments, PHNs and the mental health system overall. The Concordance aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the mental health space and our communities by providing this important accountability tool.

Mental Health Coordinating Council Resources.

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed two easy-to-use resources to support mental health and human services ensure that any event or activity that they facilitate, such as a conference, workshop, seminar, consultation, training or meetings, follow trauma-informed principles. These resources aim to promote a supportive culture that encourages collaboration and trust between the host organisation, presenters and attendees. To view resources click here

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS)

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) has been funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, to provide a critical response to support individuals, families and communities affected by suicide-related or other trauma that is culturally responsive to their needs and to strengthen community capacity and resilience in communities where there have been high levels of suicide to better recognise and respond to critical incidents and strengthen service system coordination. To learn more click here

Providing $47 million for suicide prevention work across Australia

The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need.  Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups,...

New report highlights need for government support for informal mental health carers

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) is calling on the Territory and Federal Government to protect existing supports for mental health carers, following the release of a major new report showing informal mental health carers are contributing $13.2 billion annually caring for people with mental illness, 1.7 times more than government investment in mental health services nationally. For the Media Release click here
Click here for the full report

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

A new strategy for inclusion and action.
LGBTI Australians are more likely to attempt suicide and to harm themselves than the general population. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly 11 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population, and intersex people aged 16 and over are nearly six times more likely. Young LGBTI people – those aged between 16 and 17 – are five times more likely. Now, the peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, has created a National LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy – the first of its kind in Australia, and a global rarity too.
Click here

The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

This template must be used to submit the Primary Health Network’s (PHN’s) Needs Assessment report to the Department of Health (the Department) by 30 March 2016 as required under Item E.5 of the Standard Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth.

Download the pdf: The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Roundtables: Developing a Model of Stepped Care in the Northern Territory.
click here

Subscribe to our monthly e-bulletin

2017-18 NT Mental Health Coalition Annual Report

Click here to download the Annual Report.


The CMHA submission can be accessed on the Productivity Commission website: Click here


CMHA Advocacy & Representation

Mental Health First Aid Australia

For a link to the accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors in the Northern Territory click here
For a link to accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors Nationwide click here

Invitation to join free Online Peer Support Forums

– in partnership with SANE Australia Click on the banner to go directly to the SANE forum web page. The SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. Thousands of Australians use the Forums everyday to support each other and share their experiences. SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for reaching the Forums into metropolitan, regional and rural communities around Australia, as well as providing users with diverse expertise, information, resources and referrals.  To express interest in the program, please contact: Syl Jenson Partnership Manager – SANE Australia M: 0416 811 272 E: sylvia.jenson@sane.org

SANE Australia recently conducted a survey asking Australians how they wanted mental illness to be represented in images.  The survey included six iStock images from Getty Images and researchers from SANE developed questions to accompany them.

With over 5,000 participants, the majority of those having a lived experience of mental illness, the survey results gave a clear indication of the types of images that contribute to stigma and which images portray a fair and accurate representation of living with a mental illness.  Read More